Health Care Trends in West Michigan for 2014

A report by Grand Valley State University from January 2014 takes a comprehensive look at the state of health care in West Michigan. The full report on the GVSU website entitled Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan 2014 is the fifth edition of the report. Focusing on Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan Counties, it details Knowledge Foundations, Health Care Trends and Economic Data related to medical care in the area.   Knowledge Foundations This section of the report covers two very broad areas, Graduation and Jobs as well as Medical Patents. They do see enough graduates in West Michigan […]

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The Advantages of Health Care at Home

The progress in medical technology over the past decade have increased the advantages of healthcare at home! Medical technology makes it easier and more affordable to get more comprehensive medical care at home. Not long ago, even if you had a visiting nurse, there were still many services that could only be provided at a doctor’s office of hospital. But with the advances in portable medical devices, many of those services can now be performed right at home. The number of patients who receive care at home has increased not only due to an increase in the aging population, but also […]

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AARP: Technology Allows You or Your Parents to Age at Home

An article from AARP talks about new technology that allows us to age at home more independently. The article from the AARP Bulletin in March 2014, titled New Technology Could Allow You or Your Parents to Age at Home, outlines how new technology is being developed to monitor and report our health and safety at home. With the use of sensors and GPS trackers, it’s easier to monitor vital signs, medication management and even safety issues. Whether its children checking in on parents, or doctors monitoring your health at home, technology is making it easier to live at home longer! […]

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Preventable Hospitalization Rates of Michigan’s Aging Population

In 2012, there were 134,400 Michigander’s Age 65 or older with preventable hospitalization. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, thousands of senior citizens could have prevented hospitalization with better management of chronic health conditions, or by maintaining better health to avoid acute conditions such as dehydration. Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Asthma and Hypertension all show significant, typically preventable hospitalizations, in this population of Michigan residents. Acute conditions such as pneumonia, kidney infections and dehydration are also prevalent. Many of these are also preventable with better daily health care at home. The key to preventing […]

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